Phil Spector is a television film directed and written by David Mamet. The film is based on the murder trials of record producer, songwriter and musician Phil Spector and was released in the United States by HBO Films on March 24, It stars Al Pacino as Phil Spector, Helen Mirren as defense attorney Linda Kenney. Biography · A drama centered on the relationship between Phil Spector and defense attorney Linda Kenney Baden while the music business legend was on trial for the murder of Lana Clarkson. 24 Mar Pacino and Mirren's teamwork keeps Phil Spector watchable even when it's dousing itself in dramatic ethanol and lighting a match. May 22, | Full Review Matt Zoller Seitz · New York Magazine/Vulture. Top Critic. The film is an engrossing drama, with a dazzling performance by Al Pacino in the title.
20 Mar Phil Spector remains an enigma after his conviction for the death of actress Lana Clarkson six years earlier. He's in prison today. Clarkson, dead of a gunshot wound, was found in his mansion. Was it suicide, an accident or murder ?. 21 Mar That doesn't explain why David Mamet wrote and directed “Phil Spector,” an account of the scandal that gives the benefit of the doubt to Mr. Spector, who was convicted of Ms. Clarkson's murder in in a second trial. Mr. Spector also benefits from having his story told through a great cast, led by Al. 21 Oct Why Phil Spector exists is entirely unclear, not because of any supposed complexity, but because of its steadfast refusal to say anything of import.